New Western Australian Museum

Opening Saturday 21 November 2020

The spectacular new Western Australian Museum will open in the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday 21 November 2020.

The State’s unique cultural and scientific collections will come alive with innovative new exhibitions. It will explore subjects such as the formation of the Universe, WA’s latest inventions, extinct dinosaurs, newly discovered species, our local communities and our greater role in the world.

Created with a People First approach, over 50,000 people have contributed their thoughts to the development of the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. Dedicated community panels have also actively worked alongside the Museum for five years, focusing on accessibility, inclusion, education, children and young people.

Woven throughout the Museum are the stories and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, recognising the primary rights of Australia’s first peoples in practicing and expressing their cultural heritage.

Designed by international architect consortium Hassell + OMA, and built by managing contractor Multiplex, the new Western Australian Museum will reopen on the same site it has occupied since it first began as a Geological Museum in the Old Perth Gaol in 1891.

To celebrate the reopening of the Museum, a nine-day opening festival will run. Information on securing tickets to the opening festival—which includes first access entry to the Museum—will be released in the coming months.

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New Western Australian Museum fact sheet [4MB PDF]

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